KING EDWARD VI CAMP HILL SCHOOL FOR BOYS
GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT
CHESTER - 2000
PLANNED VICTORIAN TOWNS
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
7C - PORT SUNLIGHT II
Port Sunlight is distinctive because the houses were built to a high quality. They have indoor facilities and more than two bedrooms in most cases. Significantly Lever was aesthetically aware of the need for architectural diversity. Houses in different roads were developed by separate architects. This house reflects a European Flemish design.
Lord Lever (as he became) ensured that the houses had a high degree of comfort inside. During evening it would have been common for the family to gather in the rear room seated around the range (fire and cooker). Over 800 houses were built at Port Sunlight.
There are large areas of open space between the houses. These spaces are landscaped and are still maintained to a high standard by estate managers.
This photograph shows more open space. In this case it is the Bowling green maintained throughout the year by the estate managers.
The architectural diversity is shown in this photograph. The architect has designed terraced housing but has broken up the monotony by bold use of dormer extensions to the roof space. These are situated on the flanks of the main boulevard that leads to the Lady Lever art gallery.
The Lady Lever art gallery opened in 1922, built to house Lord Lever's valuable personal collection of art and sculpture. Today it is administered by the Liverpool Council department of museums and libraries.
Lord Lever died in 1925 and lies buried in Port Sunlight. He left some of his considerable wealth to form the Leverhulme trust which anually benefits the arts and sciences. Some 320,000 people are employed world wide today by the company he founded in 1884.
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The Roman Settlement in Chester
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The Medieval Settlement
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Relic land use and the modern CBD
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Conzen's Theory in practice
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Architectural Styles in Chester
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Evidence of 19th century industry
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Pricetown
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Port Sunlight
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Preservation and conservation of the past
Copyright 2000